Mandan News

Local volunteer receives American Cancer Society award


Delorse Tschider


Twenty-three years ago, Delorse Tschider was diagnosed with breast cancer. One year later, she drew from that experience and began serving as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program. Recently, her efforts were recognized when she was awarded the Society’s “Terese Lasser Memorial Award.”

Tschider officially received the award at the monthly Reach to Recovery meeting on Aug. 23, at The American Cancer Society office in Mandan.

The Terese Lasser Memorial Award is named after the woman who founded the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program, which matches volunteer breast cancer survivors with newly-diagnosed patients. The volunteers are trained to respond in person or by telephone to assist the women as they go through their cancer experience from diagnosis and treatment to possible recurrence and recovery.

According to Judy Carson, Quality of Life manager for the American Cancer Society, Tschider has been very active in recruiting and training the volunteers, along with promoting the Reach to Recovery program throughout the state.

“Delorse is currently serving as our Reach to Recovery state  trainer and is doing an amazing job of keeping me updated on our volunteers and what’s going on with the program,” says Carson. “She’s the kind of volunteer everyone in my position should have; she’s dedicated, passionate and has the experience to take the lead. She makes my job so much easier.”

So far this year, more than 112 Breast Cancer patients in North Dakota have utilized the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program.

Tschider is also a North Dakota Cancer Coalition member and serves on the membership and resource committee, assisting with a variety of the Coalition’s projects.

Though her positions with Reach to Recovery and NDCC might seem to be a fulltime job for her, Tschider has dedicated her life since retiring to a wide spectrum of causes. For the past 11 years, she has volunteered with the Custer Family Health Woman’s Way program. She also finds time to help out with the local RSVP volunteer program, and she has served on the board of directors for AID Inc.   Delorse is also active with the First Lutheran Church of Mandan, where she uses her talents and energies on a variety of church projects.

“There are hundreds of women in our state who have been touched by Delorse’s compassion over the years; I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award,” says Carson.